Wednesday, Jul. 21, 2004
Dear Diary:

Here's how I see it. We can all sit around with our thumbs up our asses – as most of the world's governments and the United Nations seems to be doing – or we can do something.

I vote we do something.

I'm talking about the crisis in Darfur in the west of Sudan. More than a million people, the majority of them women and children, have been driven from their homes. Starvation isn't a possibility, it's a reality.

We can sit by and make sympathetic sounds, try to brush the ugly images from the news out of our consciousness, or we can do something.

Here is a partial list of some of the non-government organizations who are on the ground there doing something. For convenience sake let's call them:

The People Who Have Taken Their Thumbs Out of Their Asses.

Why not pick one and donate the price of a pizza to them? If none of these appeal you, do a Google search on the words "Sudan relief appeals"—you'll find others. Care Canada got the equivalent of a large pepperoni, green pepper, mushroom and black olive pie from me tonight. If you can't swing a whole pizza, please give the equivalent of a few slices.

Most of us have been blessed enough never to know true hunger.

Why not spread that blessing around?

--Marn

P.S.—Here's a tacky graphic if you have donated and want to get the idea out. Please host it on your site if you can. If any of you can do something spiffier, I would be much obliged. No need to link back to my diary, just mention the idea and link to the NGO's (non-government organizations) aka The People Who Have Taken Their Thumbs Out of Their Asses, the people who are on the ground helping in the Sudan. We can make a difference.

Mileage on the Marnometer: 571.49 miles. Ten percent there rubber duck.Ten percent there rubber duck. 25 per cent thereTen percent there rubber duck.Ten percent there rubber duck.
Oh man. This is going to be hard
Goal for 2004: 1,000 miles - 1609 kilometers

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